June 13, 2012 -- New Orleans City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said the following about the changes at the Times-Picayune:
"Less than a full-time newspaper is totally unacceptable to a world-class city, and obviously New Orleans is on its way to becoming a world-class city again!
It is with deep regret that I have to write this after speaking with Mr. Mathews and Mr. Amoss, but I find it hard to discuss the situation with friends, family and colleagues (from across the country), who all agree that not having a daily paper will hurt our city's image.
As I discussed with Mr. Mathews and Mr. Amoss, we are allowing a generation of young people to be without the opportunity to further the art and profession of journalism - known for having created some of the greatest professionals of our country.
Being the city that produced William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, New Orleans should never want to be a city without "print."
I strongly urge Mr. Mathews, Mr. Amoss and Advance Publications to reconsider their decision to reduce the number of days the Times-Picayune will be printed and circulated. Thank you!"